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by | Read by Mark Turetsky

Children Ages 8+ • 2 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2011

Sasha Zaichik idolizes his father, a Communist hero, and Stalin. He’s been waiting to join the Young Pioneers for most of his life. But the night before the ceremony, his father is arrested, and everything Sasha believes in is put to the test. Mark Turetsky infuses naïve optimism and youthfulness into the voice of Sasha, the unreliable narrator. As Sasha becomes aware of inconsistencies and unsettling situations in his cherished Communist state, Turetsky narrates with a tone of confusion and then slow realization that dramatizes Sasha’s growing maturity. A chilling author’s note connects Yelchin’s own experience in Soviet Russia to the story. Kids will want to listen to this Newbery Honor title while following along, so they don’t miss the pencil illustrations by the author. E.A.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2012]



Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2012

CS ISBN 9781464045608 $25.75 • Two cassettes

CD ISBN 9781464045615 $25.75 • Two CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781464045622 $49.75 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN 9781464048906 $19.99

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